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Eric: Also, sitting in Mail clicking 'download' over and over and over and over....

Online Package Tracking

(From xkcd! Click on the thumbnail for full sized oh man I've been there.

Things are still... well, more or less as they were at the end of last week. I actually have a new iron in the fire to help stimulate more writing across the board, though that's in beta/being piloted right now, and I'll let you all know when it's ready for more than that.

In the meantime, the best way to build momentum again is to... you know, write shit. At least when it's me. Other people are different, and I respect their differences. I am an inclusive person.

Which brings us to today's xkcd.

Now, this isn't a strip I often snark, mostly because it's a strip I would snark every damn day if I let myself. Seriously. I love this thing. I love its sense of humor. I love its sensibilities. And I love how it's got its fingers jammed right up into the carotid artery of geek life. But today's really leapt out at me, because it's true.

I don't mean it's an exaggeration that highlights a truth. I mean it's true. I've done this. For like two hours.

And so have my friends. I was chatting with friends earlier today, and one of them said "man, did you see xkcd? When did he start reading my mind."

I don't know if this is truly universal or not, but for a big percentage of the people I know, this describes our behavior perfectly. And yet it doesn't belabor the point of it.

And that's xkcd in a nutshell.

Yeah. Look, getting my rhythm back will take a little time. They can't all be home runs.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at June 25, 2007 3:08 PM

Comments

Comment from: J. Channing Wells [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 4:36 PM

Dude, write what you feel. The absolute worst thing you can do with block is to demand genius / popularity of yourself. That you wrote this at all is indicative that you're doin' it right, in my book.

Comment from: J. Channing Wells [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 4:38 PM

Dude, write what you feel. The absolute worst thing you can do with block is to demand genius / mass appeal of yourself. That you wrote this at all is indicative that you're doin' it right, in my book.

Comment from: Godspiel [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 4:40 PM

I even find myself doing this with my Gmail account, even though Gmail uses AJAX to update the inbox automatically.

Comment from: Kate Sith [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 5:12 PM

Oh god yes the obsessive refreshing. That's me on many occasions.

Not enough people I know in-real-life read this yet. Which is sad because we all went to fucking school this guy. Maybe I should go make the rounds with the hammer again.

Comment from: Kate Sith [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 5:15 PM

(er. "Fucking" in the phrase "fucking school" being for emphasis only and in no way indicative of the educational concentration. Being as this was the Mathematics and Science High School magnet program (all the nerds in the county in one place within a 'normal' high school) it may as well have been a nunnery.)

Comment from: Kate Sith [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 5:17 PM

(er. "Fucking" in the phrase "fucking school" being for emphasis only and in no way indicative of the educational concentration. Being as this was the Mathematics and Science High School magnet program (all the nerds in the county in one place within a 'normal' high school) it may as well have been a nunnery.)

(also-also: "fucking school WITH this guy." Gawd, where am I today?)

Comment from: Eric Burns [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 5:22 PM

Channing -- it's not block so much as malaise. But things are looking up. (Which you should know. ;) If not, check your e-mail.)

Kate -- now you have me pondering the Gifted and Talented Fucking School Program. There's a dirty take on Real Genius there, I'm just sure.

Comment from: Kate Sith [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 5:46 PM

the Gifted and Talented Fucking School Program.

Secret headquarters of the XXX-men.

Comment from: kirabug [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 7:21 PM

Yeah. Look, getting my rhythm back will take a little time. They can't all be home runs.

It's a solid stand-up double, and a deep fly to right will probably score you anyway. ;)

I end up reading xkcd to my husband like two out of every three comics, but can't convince him to add it to his trawl. *sigh*

Comment from: Paul Gadzikowski [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 7:45 PM

I linked to this one.

Comment from: Robert Hutchinson [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 8:57 PM

I don't think I've ever done this specifically for package tracking, if only because the report can be wrong so often anyway. "Oh, it went out for delivery today! I guess they're making a midnight run, then."

But website updates, certainly. Usually coinciding with me at my geekiest.

Comment from: Remus Shepherd [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 25, 2007 9:45 PM

You're doing fine, man. Just keep the creative juices flowing, even if just as a trickle, and your fingers will iron the words into shape before you know it. :)

Comment from: EsotericWombat [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 26, 2007 2:06 AM

xkcd is the comic that caused my friend's ex to get jealous because she loved it and it was something I showed to her. The escalator chart and the tile rules resonate particularly well with me. (I'm counting two Randalls now who have bumped the lock on my psyche). Beyond that Munroe captures the way I'm sure a lot of us wish we were. And not in the "big-vocabulary-and-getting-fresh-with-the-fine-women" sense, but in the whimsical, mischievous grownup Calvin sense where making love in a room full of playpen balls is just another day's adventure, freaking out the people at the supermarket is a way of life, and you HAVE to go to the coordinates that the dream girl whispered in your ear because what else could you do?

I think I may have stood up and shouted FUCK YES when I read this comic

Or, you know, just sort of thought it, really loud.

I've been waiting for you to snark this one for a while

Comment from: Nate [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 26, 2007 2:25 AM

You know the one thing I'm a little bummed about my trip to MoCCA? The guy who does XKCD was apparently there, sans booth, and I didn't meet him. I think I saw him, but didn't recognize him, and he was busy talking to Ryan.

Of course, I probably would have gone all fanboy "Oh my god, your comic's fucking brilliant" at him, so maybe it's for the best.

I'm not really bummed about some of the other shenanigans I missed, because I took my girlfriend up to Times Square, since she'd never seen it. Priorities, dude.

I may have to start a webcomic before next year, just so I can introduce myself as "Hi, I'm Nate, I do this comic." And so I won't feel weird being one of the only dudes hanging around who doesn't do a comic or used to do a comic.

Comment from: Nate [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 26, 2007 2:27 AM

And to tie that back in so it's not just pointless namedropping, I haven't done this so much, just because I haven't ordered that much stuff shipped to me. But man, there are SO many times when XKCD hits that vein of exactly how I feel or think and I jut recognize it right there, man.

Comment from: Laser Jesus [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 26, 2007 11:21 AM

Dude, I did this exact thing just last night.

.............

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to check my mail.

Comment from: trpeal [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at June 30, 2007 12:44 PM

@ Esoteric Wombat:

I had the same reaction to that strip as you. I even printed it out and posted it in my cubicle, and it was two weeks before anyone noticed that last row of panels. It was what I had been struggling to say, but had been unable to articulate.

That strip (in cooperation with some other straight-talk by friends) kick-started me into getting out of my old rut of a life, and ultimately into a new job, in a new city 1,200 miles away, figuring out whether I can manage to cast off the remnants of my baggage and have a successful relationship with a woman who seems to be nuts about me.

So, hooray for xkcd and webcomics!

Comment from: mantis [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at May 20, 2009 5:26 AM

That particular XKCD strip's alt-text punchline made me laugh harder than anything else in the entire archives of the strip, which I read through a few days ago: "I don't even *want* this package! Why did I join the stinging insect of the month club, anyway?" I love the zany, utterly random nature of XKCD's humor, and the concept of a "stinging insect of the month club" is perhaps the best example of that. A close second: "Instead of desk chair, package contained bobcat. Would not buy again."

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